In Canada we honour Remembrance Day on November 11.For the entire month we wear the poppy pins sold by veterans’ associations, on the 11th the entire nation stops everything and stands for two minutes of silence at 11AM, there are veterans’ parades and the laying of wreaths at every town memorial, the reading of the Canadian poem by John McCrae, In Flanders Fields, prayers, and the playing of the last post.
This year I did not wear a red poppy, and I declined an invitation to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony. My husband went, and said that it was dignified and meaningful, and that veterans of engagements since WWII were also acknowledged by members of the audience putting poppies on the wreath on their behalf.
I do not want to wear a red poppy ever again, or attend another Remembrance Day ceremony. I do not want to remember… nor do I want to forget! I want to move forward.